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Reply to: Robert Noles: rbnoles(a)bellsouth.net
About a year ago, I attempted to solicit interest among the North Shore
Genealogical Societies in sponsoring a visit to the area by the BYU Molecular
Genealogy Research Group (MGRG). There was not much interest in helping me
with organizing a MGRG visit at that time! However, a Boy Scouts of America
- Eagle Project by Daniel Van Dam has organized a visit by MGRG for Saturday,
June 29 (1:00 PM to 4:00 PM) at the Metairie LDS Church (Stake Center at
5025 Cleveland Place).
As many of you already know, genetics efforts involving DNA testing is fast
becoming a major genealogical tool. We can already use the Y-chromosome and
mitochondria DNA to produce remarkable results for identifying our surname
line and our unbroken female lines respectively. The MGRP project will go a
long way in helping genetics help define our other family lines as well.
I wrote an article on this subject in the June 2001 STGS Newsletter. In case
you can't locate your copy of the STGS Newsletter, I have copied the text of
that article below. My article provides the background concerning the MGRG
project and the basis for their visit to the New Orleans area on June 29th.
Summary of requirements for participation in the MGRG project on June 29th
1) You must be at least 18 years old - all geographic and
ethnic backgrounds are invited to participate
2) Have a complete 4-generation biological pedigree chart with
names, dates and places of birth.
3) Approximately 10 cc (approximately 2 tablespoons) of blood
are required for this study and will be drawn by an experienced phlebotomist
(if you grant permission).
4) A signed consent form that you will be provided.
The entire process takes less than ten minutes. Participant privacy and
confidentiality is ensured throughout all aspects of this study. In fact, you
will NOT receive individual results from your participation. When the study
has been completed in another few years, you will be able to send in an
inquiry to the established database.
Representatives from the project will be at the Metairie Stake Center to
provide an overview, answer questions, and collect samples on June 29th. If
you have reservations about providing your blood sample (due to privacy
concerns), you may still want to attend to receive the project briefing. You
will be under no obligation to participate if you decide after hearing the
briefing that you do not want to participate. However, you will learn more
about the project and the future of DNA testing as it relates to genealogy.
This is an excellent opportunity to learn more about what DNA means for the
future of genealogy as well as participate in a ground breaking study (if you
I hope to see you there. Let's have a good turn out from the STGS. Bring a
friend or another family member who has some interest in either genetics or
genealogy. There is no membership requirement in any organization to
participate in this study (or just listen to the overview of this DNA
project). You do have to have the four generation pedigree report to
participate in the study, but there is no requirement to just learn more
about genetics! Although the official press release for this project
indicates a COMPLETE four generation pedigree chart is required, unofficially
I know they will accept you with a less than complete chart. So, don't let a
few missing names and dates keep you from attending the June 29th event.
For more detailed information regarding the MGRG project, the research
progress, or to ask questions, please go to the official web site for MGRG
You may also contact Daniel Van Dam (the organizer for the June 29th event)
at 504-822-3801, or clvandam(a)mindspring.com or his mother, Cindy Van Dam at
the Family History Center of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints
Daniel Van Dam is a Life Scout and is working on his eagle project with MGRG.
Robert B. Noles
1st Vice President, St. Tammany Genealogical Society
Genetics & Genealogy Article by R. B. Noles from STGS Newsletter - June29,
We have heard a great deal about DNA in the news over the past few years.
Usually the reference to DNA is concerned with using it to prove someone’s
innocence or guilt associated with a crime. Or perhaps the reference is
concerned with solving some medical condition through gene manipulation.
However, now we are hearing about the possibility of revolutionizing the
world of genealogy with the application of genetic principles in the search
for our ancestors. That gets my attention! Microbiology scientists are
finding that we are literally living, walking and breathing records of our
family history because of the inheritance properties of deoxyribonucleic acid
You may remember from biology class in high school that we receive
twenty-three chromosomes from our father and twenty-three more from our
mother. These chromosomes are stored in the nucleus of almost every cell of
the human body. In addition to the nuclear DNA, a small molecule of DNA is
found in the energy producing organelle known as mitochondria. The
recombination and transmission of DNA from one generation to the next is the
foundation of human life and the inescapable link to our biological
With DNA testing techniques available today, we can test two of our ancestral
lines using genetics. Y-chromosomes (Ycs) are subject to only small degrees
of mutation and are passed down almost unchanged from father to son. A Ycs
test would be helpful when the analysis is attempting to verify a direct male
line, permitting individuals sharing the same last name to verify possible
relationships even in the absence of written records. In much the same way,
a mother will pass her mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA) to all of her children.
However, only her daughters pass it on to the following generation. The
mtDNA is therefore passed intact from one generation to the next following
the maternal line.
This means that blocked genealogies (dead ends) due to the lack of or
unreliable written records, adoptions, illegitimacies, etc., may now be
extended and proven with the help of genetic testing.
By relying only on the Ycs and mtDNA, we limit our search for ancestors to
only two of our sixteen great-great-grandparents lines, the two outermost
lines of the pedigree chart. A project is now underway to permit the use of
DNA to determine genetic proof for the other fourteen lines. Dr. Scott R.
Woodward of the Department of Microbiology at Brigham Young University (BYU)
in Provo, Utah, formed the Molecular Genealogy Research Group (MGRG) for the
purpose of creating a tool that will permit people to enhance and extend
their genealogical work through the use of genetics.
The MGRG project involves building a database that will help trace family
lines following the inheritance pattern of nuclear DNA from the remaining
The MGRG is collecting genetic and genealogical information from 100,000
individuals from around the world. Each participant provides MGRG with a
complete four-generation pedigree chart and a small blood sample from which
DNA is extracted. The DNA is analyzed at 250 different loci and linked to
the dates and places of birth found on the pedigree charts submitted. No
names are used to assure privacy. When this effort is completed in about
five years, MGRG will have developed a database that can be used to
reconstruct and verify personal genealogies, establishing geneotypic links
within and between populations and producing unique identifications for
people that do not have traditional name-based genealogies.
For more information on this subject and the MGRG project, see the complete
article written by Dr. Woodward in the March/April 2001 issue of the National
Genealogical Society Newsmagazine or the article by Ugo A. M. Perego in the
September/October 2000 issue of the Everton’s Genealogical Helper Magazine.
Representatives from MGRG are willing to travel anywhere there is a large
group of 200+ individuals interested in participating in the construction of
the database. A lecture on genetics is also provided during these visits.
Perhaps we can entice the MGRG to come to the Florida Parishes. We have a
diverse population with a wide variety of ancestors! Stay Tuned!
MCLIN FAMILY REUNION
SATURDAY 15 JUNE 2002
9:30 AM - 3:00 PM
Immanuel Baptist Church Fellowship Hall
10870 Lovett Road
Baton Rouge, La. 70818
One block from intersection of Joor & Lovett Road
Start making your plans to attend this family reunion. We are trying to make
it the gathering of all times. None of us are getting any younger, and we
should take this opportunity to visit each other and possibly meet relatives
that we didn’t even know.
Anyone with ties to MC LIN, JONES, ROBBINS and related families from
Louisiana, Mississippi and surrounding areas, please consider attending this “
extended family” gathering and bring any family history you have to share
with others. We hope to have means to record information to a computer for
PLEASE PASS THIS ALONG TO AS MANY RELATIVES AS POSSIBLE
Contact me with questions or send me information to be included in our family
history files. Clarence “Lee” McLin , 600 Kings Cove, Brandon, Fl. 33511,
Bring a "covered dish" and something to drink (No alcoholic beverages
please). Everything else will be provided. Plates, cups, napkins, ice, etc.
This is inside, air conditioned, kitchen facilities, rest rooms and plenty
Any questions please call (225) 213-1360
Hope to see you Saturday
1) THE KEMP,TURNER,and ROBERTS FAMILIES on LITTLE SILVER CREEK,
WASHINGTON PARISH, LOUISIANA: The Story of Three Pioneer families of early
Louisiana, Their Ancestors and Progeny. Profusely illustrated and with
numerous family pictures. 884 pages. This work centers mainly on the
descendants of Bradford Kemp (1764-1838), Philip Turner (1894-1832) and
George Roberts (ca. 1740-1808 or 09). The Kemp and Turner families remained,
for the most part, in Louisiana. However, George Roberts of Hawkins County,
Tennessee, died on the Bogue Chitto River in Louisiana, and his children
scattered into Mississippi (especially Pike, Copiah and Yazoo Counties) and
East Texas. Only one son, John Roberts, remained in Washington Parish. The
index of about 20,000 entries, covers many family names found in LA, MS and
TX. $65.00 + shipping
2) HISTORY OF WASHINGTON PARISH, LOUISIANA 1798-1992: The Story of a
Land and People on Three Rivers: The Pearl, the Bogue Chitto and the
Tangipahoa in Southeast Louisiana.Volume I - 485 pages. The first volume of
this work historically covers the parish, its people from the time of
inception through the Nineteenth Century. A few chapters goes into the
Twentieth Century, every facet of life, (crime and violence, law, religion,
military participation (War of 1812, Mexican and Civil war with rosters for
all companies which served from the area), slavery, agriculture,
intellectual and social outlets) are covered and often illustrated with
appropriate historical pictures of buildings, people and events. This volume
is pure history and only covers the genealogy of a family if it is pertinent
to the topic under consideration. The last part of the work biographical
sketches (with photographs when available) with anecdotes and documentation
will be found on the Parish Sheriffs, Judges, State Representatives and
Senators, Clerks of Court and Assessors covering the years 1819-1992.
$47.50 + shipping.
3)A POTPOURRI OF HISTORICAL DATA CONCERNING THE FOUNDING FAMILIES AND
INDIVIDUALS OF WASHINGTON PARISH, LOUISIANA, 1798-1860. This work is an
alphabetical listing of most persons and families who lived in Washington
Parish (northern St. Tammany) in the dates covered. Included are some early
Feliciana documents, government petitions, 1812 complete Tax list for St.
Tammany Parish and all Federal Census reports through 1860. Additional
family data has been included if the author found it in any available
$35.00 + shipping.
4) GENEALOGICAL AND HISTORICAL LEGAL ABSTRACTS OF ST. HELENA PARISH,
LOUISIANA, 1804-1970. About 350 pages. Contains abstract of all successions
(wills & estates) in the St. Helena Courthouse in Greensburg, abstracts of
all extant marriages from 1811 -1870 white and Negro; and the 1823,
1824,and 1826 personal tax assessment rolls. St. Helena is the mother parish
of St. Tammany, Washington, Livingston and part of Tangipahoa. $40.00 +
5) AN ENCYCLOPEDIA OF INDIVIDUALS AND FOUNDING FAMILIES OF THE OUACHITA
VALLEY OF LOUISIANA FROM 1785 TO 1850.
Two parts. Contains every genealogical mention of any person or family found
in the legal records of Ouachita Parish, Louisiana from its founding ca.
1783 to approximately 1850. Includes census reports, tax list data, law
suits, all marriages, naturalization papers, deeds, wills, successions and
family date submitted by contributors.The family group records have been
augmented with data drawn from similar primary materials from neighboring
courthouses in Bienville, Caldwell, Catahoula, East Carroll, Franklin,
Jackson, Morehouse, Richland and Union. Data also has been drawn from
printed secondary sources. The author-compiler has made every effort to
trace the family's origins and denote to what area the person or family
migrated. Part One (A-K) of this work contains 504 pages of text, name
index, 100 pages of pictures and maps. 60# paper, library quality. Part 1
$50.00 + shipping. Part 2 (L-O) contains 640 pages $60.00 + shipping. Part 3
(P-Z and an addendum should be released soon.
6) SPANISH POSTE D'OUACHITA:THE OUACHITA VALLEY IN COLONIAL LOUISIANA
1783-1804, AND EARLY AMERICAN STATEHOOD 1804-1820; 383 PAGES. This indexed
hard cover work is a reprint of the booklet series on the Ouachita Valley
issued in 1983. The edition includes an additional chapter not in the
earlier publications. In an added appendix will be included the 1790 and
1800 Census reports for the Ouachita, numerous documents (French and
English) concerning colonial life and Fort Miro; and a complete printing of
the 1814 Tax Assessment Roll for Ouachita Parish. Limited edition of 100
copies. $35.00 + shipping.
All of the above books are library quality binding.
7) MARION COUNTY, MISSISSIPPI. MISCELLANEOUS RECORDS, 1986, soft cover,
368 pages plus index. This work, with the exception of Deed Book C, was
issued in the 1960's by the abstractor-compiler. Included in this book on
one of the few south Mississippi Counties with records commencing in 1812,
will be found Wills and Estates through 1859. All available deeds
abstracted in Books A, B, and C (through 1860-but not all for that year),
1816, 1850, and 1860 Census Reports. Road Minute Books and the 1813 Lawrence
County tax list which included Marion County. Reprint by Southern Historical
Press. This is a paper back publication. $32.50 + shipping
Soon to be published, pre-publishing orders now being taken.
9) THE GENEALOGY OF THE MIZELL, RICHARDSON AND THOMAS FAMILY OF
10) THE WILLIAM "CHOCTAW BILL" WILLIAMS FAMILY
11) THE GENEALOGY OF THE WILLIAMS, MIZELL AND RICHARDSON FAMILY.
Send orders to WILLIAMS GENEALOGICAL AND HISTORICAL PUBLICATIONS
32 Lakeview Drive, Monroe, LA 71203
Phone 318-343-7539 [sorry no email address]
"A Gathering of Garrisons: The Ancestors, Family, and Descendants of Lot
Garrison and Margaret Erwin" has just been completed by its author, Sylvia
Kelly Smith of Franklinton, LA. Sylvia earned both her BS and MS at LSU in
Baton Rouge. This family history book covers primarily the descendants of Lot
Garrison and Margaret Erwin. A small portion includes a glimpse at the
ancestors of both Lot and Margaret- - the Garrisons, the Erwins, and the
Andrews who represent several areas of the US. Four years in the writing,
this family story encompasses the works of several family historians, some
who spent over 40 years each in research. Meant to be a book enjoyed by any
family member, regardless of his understanding and interest in genealogy,
this book is a treasure of old handed-down family stories, as well as
historically documented events. Lot, an interesting fellow, left his home in
Pennsylvania in his early 20's, ending up in Natchez, MS around 1827, or
earlier. There he met and married Margaret, the young daughter of a very
community-minded and family-oriented Baptist minister. The book follows Lot
and Margaret as they made their move to East Baton Rouge Parish, LA, in 1830,
along with her parents and some of her siblings. Nine children were born
into Lot and Margaret's marriage, five of whom lived to have descendants.
These five children were followed down to their present day descendants. The
family made a move into Livingston Parish around 1860, in time for some of
their sons and sons-in-law to enter the Civil War. Several Civil War
incidents are related. Several neighboring parishes enter into their story.
The book itself is a hardback book with over 700 pages and 360 photographs.
The pages are 8 1/2 x 11" in size, #60 white paper. It will be Smyth section
sewn and bound. Each book will be shrink wrapped for its protection. The
cover will be stamped with gold foil lettering. The price of each book will
be $65.00. Orders must be made and paid to Sylvia Smith no later than July
8, 2002. To contact the author, call 985-839-3946 or write her at 105
Fleetwood, Franklinton, LA 70438
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WASHINGTON PARISH GENEALOGY AND HISTORY SOCIETY MEETING
Date: Tuesday, JUNE 11, 2002 Time 5:30 pm
Location: Bogalusa Branch of the Washington Parish Library
Guest Speaker: Dr. E. Russ Williams - Dr. Williams, a retired history
professor from Northeastern LA University in Monroe, LA. Dr.
Williams has written several books on the history of this area.
Topic: History and Families of Washington Parish
Sponsored by: Washington Parish Genealogy and History Society
The general public is invited to attend.
16th Annual Williams/Richardson Reunion
It is reunion time for descendants of William (Choctaw Bill) Williams and
Penelope Richardson Williams (ca.1775-1828). Their children were Charles and
Susannah Williams Knight; Stephen and Sarah (Sally) Williams Stafford; David
and Ginny Williams Mizell; John Williams; William Walter and Kesiah Morris
Williams and Robert and Nancy Jenkins Williams (ca. 1798-1891).
The 16th annual WILLIAMS Family Reunion will be held on Saturday, June 8,
2002, at the ESM Methodist Family Life Center, 510 Avenue B in Bogalusa. The
reunion will begin at 10:30 a.m. and conclude at 2:00 p.m.
Delos R. (Dickey) Williams, Chairman, urges all descendants of this pioneer
family to attend and bring your families. Bring a covered dish and beverages.
Plates, forks, ice, etc., will be provided.
For information, call 985-735-6210 - 985-732-2424 - 985-7
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